2010 Top Dog Model Contest in Waupaca

The Humane Society of Waupaca County, PawPaca, Countryside Animal Hospital, and the Fox Valley Animal Referral Center are again sponsoring the Next “Top Dog” Model contest, a fun-filled event that is open to “pampered pooches” throughout Wisconsin.  All dogs, mixed breed and purebred, are invited to participate in the Next “Top Dog” Model event which take place at PawPaca, 701 S. Industrial Dr. east of Waupaca just off of Hwy. 22/54.
This year there will be two events, the preliminary contest will be held on Wednesday, January 20 at 7 PM. At the preliminary event 10 finalists in the small dog (40 pounds and less) category and 10 dogs in the large dog category (41 pounds and over) will be selected to appear in the final event on January 27 at 7 PM at PawPaca. During the preliminary event, all the dogs will appear two times. The first appearance will feature the dog “au naturel” (wearing their collar and leash). The second time will feature each dog doing a trick (i.e. speak, shake, high 5, roll-over, etc.). 
On Wednesday, January 27, the finalists will “strut their stuff” on the “runway” at Pawpaca, and a Small “Top Dog”…Model, a Large “Top Dog”…Model, and a “Canine Congeniality” winner will be selected by the audience and the panel of judges. The dogs will appear three times: the first time “au naturel”; the second time in attire that expresses their personality, (i.e. formal wear, hiking gear, sporting attire, etc.), and the third time will be the talent portion where each dog will do a trick, i.e. sit, shake, speak, etc. 
Judging will be based on the same type of things you would judge on for a modeling competition including poise and panache. The winning dogs will be both engaging and well-mannered. Selection of the finalists at the preliminary competition will be determined by both the audience vote (50%) and the vote of a panel of judges (50%). The two “Top Dog”…Model winners the final night will be determined the same way. The “Canine Congeniality” winner will be determined by audience vote alone.
To enter the contest, each dog’s guardian must submit an entry form to the Humane Society of Waupaca County by January 15, 2010 accompanied by a $20 entry donation. 10 finalists in the Big Dog Class and 10 finalists in the Small Dog Class will be selected at the preliminary event on January 20 to participate in the final event on January 27, 2010.  
General admission to the Next “Top Dog”…Model preliminary event will be $2 and $5 for the final event. Each paid spectator will be able to vote for the dog who they think should win the Large “Top Dog”…Model and Small “Top Dog”…Model categories and the “Canine Congeniality” award.
Entry forms and contest rules are available at PawPaca and the Humane Society of Waupaca County which are in Waupaca, at the Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in New London, and online at www.waupacahumane.org.   All proceeds from the Next “Top Dog” Model event will benefit the Humane Society of Waupaca County dog adoption programs, so please enter and attend this fun-filled event!



 WAUKESHA ­­— December 16, 2009 —  On Saturday, December 5th the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) of Waukesha County, Inc. became a new safe haven for greyhounds being displaced due to the impending Kenosha racetrack closing.

Already in partnership with Greyhound Pets of America (GPA) – Wisconsin since February 2009, HAWS is increasing the number of greyhounds housed at the Waukesha shelter while GPA is inundated with dogs needing housing with Dairyland ending live racing on December 31.

“We want to do anything we can to help them out in this time of need,” noted Lynn Olenik, HAWS Executive Director.  “GPA has many dogs to move in a short amount of time and we’re happy to help out.  The greyhounds add a wonderful spirit to our facility; our staff and volunteers love having them here.”

Female greyhounds Toy, Chic and Devi, along with male greyhound Bill, joined Lexi – a greyhound already in residence at HAWS due to the ongoing HAWS-GPA agreement – on the 5th.  By Saturday, December 12th, Lexi and Chic had been adopted out to their new homes.  Bill and Devi were placed on hold that day, and will be heading out to foster care this week prior to going to their adoptive families.

Five (5) more greyhounds are scheduled to arrive at HAWS this coming Saturday, December 19th.

Noted Ellen Paulus, GPA-Wisconsin President, “We are so thankful to be working with HAWS!  And, it is great exposure for our greyhounds to be at HAWS, so people who see them realize that greyhounds can – and do – make great pets after their racing careers are over.” 

The greyhounds participating in the program live at HAWS and receive spay/neuters from the HAWS Spay-Neuter Initiative Program clinic.  They are available for viewing 7 days a week along with the other adoptable animals at HAWS.  Those interested in pursuing adoption are directed to contact local GPA representatives to continue the process.  HAWS viewing hours begin daily at 1:00 p.m.

A non-profit organization established in 1965, HAWS assists over 6,000 animals each year and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors to our shelter annually.  As an “open admissions” shelter HAWS assures sanctuary for all animals in need, while offering educational programs and services to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse.  The shelter is located at 701 Northview Road in Waukesha , Wisconsin . For more information call (262) 542-8851 or log onto our website at www.hawspets.org.

Three New Breeds Gain Full AKC Recognition

Three New Breeds Gain Full AKC Recognition
A sturdy spaniel and two hard-working coonhounds have joined the AKC registry, bringing the total number of AKC breeds to 164.

The Bluetick Coonhound has a typical “bawling” bark and the ability to stay on the most intricate of tracks, making it a prized companion for sporting families. The Boykin Spaniel, the state dog of South Carolina, has a cheerful, energetic personality and the stamina to work or play all day long. The Redbone Coonhound has a beautiful red coat, great stamina, and an even-tempered, trainable nature.  www.akc.org